Tripod Not Required

Night photography usually means bringing a tripod and setting up for long exposures. This doesn’t have to always be the case, here are two ideas on taking some shots at night, no tripod required. Bokeh Lights One such type of shot you can take without a tripod is bokeh lights. Bokeh is simply the aesthetic… Continue reading Tripod Not Required

Film Mistakes

I mentioned yesterday my desire for a panorama film back for the Bronica ETRSi. I actually purchased a 35mm back which I thought was this back I wanted. It wasn’t. I discovered this after shooting a roll through, there are two different backs for the Bronica system. The 135N back, which I bought, allows for… Continue reading Film Mistakes

Fuji X-T1 Review

Last year I wrote about my new Fuji X100s camera; it was (and still is) a great camera, one of my all-time favorites. However, as the tech and camera world goes, something new comes along and Fuji announced the interchangeable lens X-T1 just a few months after I purchased the X100s. The XT-1 is everything… Continue reading Fuji X-T1 Review

Intro to Night Photography

Overview The long exposures of night photography allow for surprises and interesting results, but low light and long exposures can be a bit tricky. This guide will help you get started with night photography plus include a few tips and tricks I’ve picked up while shooting at night. The camera captures time in a way… Continue reading Intro to Night Photography

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Photo Year in Review 2014

On Sept 3, I started a photo streak publishing a photo each day. I was disappointed I had only published 16 photos previously. I don’t remember what my initial streak goal was but after a week or two, my target became posting a photo for 100 straight days. Streak is currently at 118 days straight… Continue reading Photo Year in Review 2014

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Diptych Diptych

A double diptych. I recently came across a great tutorial by Jay Watson, using Lightroom to create Diptychs He shows an easy way to create a template and generate diptychs quickly and consistently. I don’t think I have had ever even used the “Print” menu in Lightroom before. These are just a couple of older… Continue reading Diptych Diptych

Costa Rica Sunset

46 sunsets in 23 minutes. I was playing with the interval shooting mode on my Nikon D700, which allowed me to set my camera up to take a photo once every 30 seconds. I tried it on two sunsets on two different days. I think the results turned out pretty good. I set the camera… Continue reading Costa Rica Sunset

Best of Photojournalism 2006

I was very surprised and proud to find out that my Foster City Carnival photo set received 3rd place in the National Press Photographers Best of Photojournalism 2006 awards; I won in the Amateur Photo Blogs, Festival and Events category. I was talking to a photo journalist friend who was quite impressed / jealous, he… Continue reading Best of Photojournalism 2006

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Tips for Night Photography

Overview Night photography is one of my favorite branches of the photography tree. It is not your standard shots: long exposures at night allow for surprises and interesting effects; lighting is provided by the moon or artificial; plus numerous other unknown factors (such as airplanes) all play into night photography. Here’s a few tips and… Continue reading Tips for Night Photography

Open Shutter by Michael Wesely

When I first heard about Michael Wesely’s project to photograph the entire construction of the Museum of Modern Art as single three year exposures I was amazed and intrigued. The concept of making a three year exposure is quite bold and daring; Wesely was able to achieve spectacular results. Unfortunately, my technical curiosity on how… Continue reading Open Shutter by Michael Wesely

Homemade Lenses

After being impressed by several photographers on the web and the results they achieved with homemade or tilt-shift lenses, I decided to build one of my own. I was thrilled with the results and have built several more, it becomes a little addicting. I find myself looking for good deals on old lenses and interesting… Continue reading Homemade Lenses

Homemade Bellows Lens

Nikon FE2 with Homemade Bellows Lens Overview I was inspired by Justin Ouellette’s homemade lens, who was inspired by John Perkinson’s homemade lens, who was inspired by Mark Tucker’s plunger lens. A lot of inspiration going around. So I decided to build my own lens. These bellows lenses allow for tilt-shifting, this can create distinct… Continue reading Homemade Bellows Lens

Photoshop Elements

I recently purchased Photoshop Elements 2.0 since the new version supports Mac OS X. I was previously using an older version of Photoshop, my last remaining Mac OS classic app. I was initially skeptical about Elements since I’ve been real disappointed with other slimmed down versions of Photoshop, such as Photoshop LE which comes bundled… Continue reading Photoshop Elements